How To Be A Good Partner To Someone Who Always Dreams Big

by Ross Simmonds
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Being with someone who is constantly dreaming big and chasing his or her dreams can be a struggle.

It can be a roller coaster ride filled with question marks and many lonely nights. It can be filled with highs and lows, but it can also lead to a life of excitement, fun and love.

You've heard all the stories about how great it is to date an entrepreneur, and you've probably heard of the difficulties that go along with it.

In this post, we're going to put the pros and cons aside and simply show you how to be the best partner you can be.

We're going to talk about how you can be supportive of your partner and build a relationship that lasts.

Let's get to it...

Find A Passion or Hobby

It's safe to assume that as the workload increases, the time together will decrease.

Some nights will be late-nighters and some evenings will be nights of coding, writing, chatting or planning.

As a result, the partner of the ambitious will be left to come up with his or her own form of entertainment.

In those times of uninterrupted hustle, it's greatly beneficial to have a passion or hobby that can allow you to escape and not feel so isolated.

Regardless of what it is, finding a passion will help you keep your mind occupied, and potentially lead to further growth.

Find A Shared Passion or Hobby

The couple that plays together, stays together.

Me and my partner play dodgeball (yes, dodgeball) every Monday. It's one of our many shared hobbies.

Sharing a hobby ensures that you have something to talk about other than work.

Sharing a hobby also ensures that you're spending quality time with one another and can build a connection along with memories that will last a lifetime.

Share Your Calendar With One Another

While I'm constantly showing people how to escape the 9 to 5, I know the reality of entrepreneurship is usually more like a 9 to 9.

You never know when you're going to have to put out a fire. You never know when your website is going to crash.

You never know when you're going to get a call from someone complaining about this, that and the other thing.

But one thing you do know is what is currently in your calendar for the coming week.

Give your partner access to your schedule so he can know if you're prepping for a VC meeting.

Give access to your calendar so she can know that you're actually free on Thursday night and will be able to attend the block party.

Be Understanding If He or She Needs To Leave Early

When you're in the middle of building a business, sometimes you only have time to make short appearances at events and functions.

It could be dinner with friends. It could be a party with family. It could be anything.

Unfortunately, if duty calls, the ambitious usually have to answer. It's not always pretty, and your friends might ask questions, but you have to recognize this your reality.

Set Aside Time For Date Night

As someone who thrives in moments without distraction, I block off my schedule once a week (wired-in Wednesdays) to execute.

It's my time to ship projects, finish blog posts, develop presentations and get things done that I've been putting off for way too long.

Similarly, you should make an effort to block off time for your partner every week. A date night (without the cell phone) is a great way to spend time building that bond and connection.

The dates don't have to be elaborate. It could be Netflix and popcorn. It could be cards and wine. It can be whatever allows you to break away from the hustle and spend time with your partner.

Always Be Supportive In Public

Sometimes you'll run into haters. It's going to happen the more successful your partner becomes.

Your friends, colleagues and family might judge him or her. Keep it real with your partner when issues arise, but never throw him or her under the bus in front of others.

Do you think your partner works too hard? Talk about it at home. Do you think he or she has been ignoring you lately? Talk about it at home.

Do you think his or her latest idea was stupid? Talk about it at home.

Don't crush your partner's dreams in front of people unless you want the relationship to end quickly and swiftly.

Take Mini Vacations On The Regular

As the dreams become realities, make the effort to take mini vacations more frequently.

Studies have shown time and time again that traveling is good for a relationship, and for your overall happiness.

Traveling together allows for you to once again get away from it all and enjoy new things in new places.

Whether it's a staycation just a few hours north, or an exotic trip to somewhere unique, getting away can be therapy in its own right.

These ideas come from firsthand experience and learning from other folks and their unique experiences.

Ross Simmonds writes at, where he shares a research-backed studies and his personal perspective on entrepreneurship, life, communications and technology.

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